Raiders From Beneath the Sea (1964)

73 mins | Melodrama | December 1964

Director:

Maury Dexter

Writer:

Harry Spalding

Cinematographer:

Floyd Crosby

Editor:

Carl Pierson

Production Company:

Lippert, Inc.
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HISTORY

An advertisement in the 20 Dec 1964 LAT indicated that the film opened days earlier at the Encino Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, sharing a bill with Goodbye Charlie (1964, see entry). It closed nine months later in Buffalo, NY, according to the 1 Sep 1965 Var. The 4 Jan 1967 issue noted that the picture was banned in New Zealand, as it exceeded government standards for violent or sexual content.
       The 9 Dec 1964 DV credited Elliot Fischer with contributing electric violin to the score. ... More Less

An advertisement in the 20 Dec 1964 LAT indicated that the film opened days earlier at the Encino Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, sharing a bill with Goodbye Charlie (1964, see entry). It closed nine months later in Buffalo, NY, according to the 1 Sep 1965 Var. The 4 Jan 1967 issue noted that the picture was banned in New Zealand, as it exceeded government standards for violent or sexual content.
       The 9 Dec 1964 DV credited Elliot Fischer with contributing electric violin to the score.
More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
9 Dec 1964
p. 5.
Los Angeles Times
20 Dec 1964
Section SF-A, p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
22 Dec 1964
Section C, p. 8.
Variety
24 Feb 1965
p. 10.
Variety
3 Mar 1965
p. 10.
Variety
1 Sep 1965
p. 11.
Variety
4 Jan 1967
p. 140.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus supv
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Asst to the prod
Scr supv
Prop master
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Raiders Theme," words and music by Hank Levine
"Two Lovers Theme," words and music by Hank Levine and Jim Economides.
DETAILS
Release Date:
December 1964
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: mid-December 1964
Copyright Claimant:
Lippert, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 November 1964
Copyright Number:
LP29685
Duration(in mins):
73
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ex-diver Bill Harper is an apartment house manager who lives with his wife, Dottie, and his brother Buddy. Bill, a failure in life, plans to rob a bank, and he recruits the aid of an old friend, Tucker. They are visited by Purdy, who originally gave Bill the idea for the robbery, and Bill and Tucker reluctantly include him in the robbery. While Bill and Tucker are taking their diving equipment to Catalina Island, Buddy attempts to rape Dottie. Bill returns in time to witness the violent scene. Dottie throws Buddy out and announces that she is planning to leave Bill. On the day of the robbery, Bill and Tucker swim underwater to Catalina Island while Buddy and Purdy cruise around the bay in a rented boat. Emerging from the water carrying spear guns, Bill and Tucker enter a bank and are forced to kill a man. They place the money in a waterproof bag and race to a pier. Tucker suffers a heart attack, and a police bullet pierces Bill's air tank as he dives into the water. He reaches the steamer where Buddy and Purdy are waiting, but the steamer's propellers suck him to his death. While Dottie watches from the pier, Buddy and Purdy are arrested by the police, and the money sack floats to the ... +


Ex-diver Bill Harper is an apartment house manager who lives with his wife, Dottie, and his brother Buddy. Bill, a failure in life, plans to rob a bank, and he recruits the aid of an old friend, Tucker. They are visited by Purdy, who originally gave Bill the idea for the robbery, and Bill and Tucker reluctantly include him in the robbery. While Bill and Tucker are taking their diving equipment to Catalina Island, Buddy attempts to rape Dottie. Bill returns in time to witness the violent scene. Dottie throws Buddy out and announces that she is planning to leave Bill. On the day of the robbery, Bill and Tucker swim underwater to Catalina Island while Buddy and Purdy cruise around the bay in a rented boat. Emerging from the water carrying spear guns, Bill and Tucker enter a bank and are forced to kill a man. They place the money in a waterproof bag and race to a pier. Tucker suffers a heart attack, and a police bullet pierces Bill's air tank as he dives into the water. He reaches the steamer where Buddy and Purdy are waiting, but the steamer's propellers suck him to his death. While Dottie watches from the pier, Buddy and Purdy are arrested by the police, and the money sack floats to the surface. +

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